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Canada to start charging carbon pollution price by 2018

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Canada to start charging carbon pollution price by 2018

Canada plans to set a price on carbon pollution with a C$10-per-tonne floor to be implemented in 2018, increasing C$10 per year to C$50 per tonne by 2022, according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Prime Minister said that, if the states and territories do not have either a carbon pollution price or a cap-and-trade system in place by 2018, the federal government will step in and impose a price.

Cameco set to dispute US$2.2B tax bill in Canada

Uranium miner Cameco Corp. will dispute in court a potential US$2.2 billion tax bill from the Canadian Revenue Agency, which claims that Cameco established a Switzerland unit and sold uranium at a lower price in order to avoid taxes, Financial Post reported. The company claims that it was within its legal rights when it conducted the business.

Glencore launches offer to buy back up to US$1.25B of debt

Glencore Plc launched a cash tender offer to buy back up to US$1.25 billion of its outstanding notes. Subject to a purchase limit of US$1 billion, the Swiss mining giant will accept for repurchase 3.125% notes, 2.500% notes and floating rate notes, all due 2019.

DIVERSIFIED

* In light of reports that interim President Michel Temer is mulling replacing Vale SA CEO Murilo Ferreira, sources said the company's executive officer for human resources and general counsel, Clóvis Torres, visited members of Congress in recent weeks to lobby for Ferreira's continuity in office, Notícias de Mineração reported.

BASE METALS

* This month, Codelco's Ventanas copper mine will begin maintenance works and the final implementation stage of four environmental projects that aim to mitigate environmental emissions, a plan that required an investment of US$156 million, mining magazine Minería Chilena reported, citing general manager José Sanhueza.

* An ongoing strike staged by workers demanding better working conditions, including bonus payments, put open-pit operations on hold at Freeport-McMoRan Inc.'s Grasberg copper-gold mine in Indonesia, Reuters reported, citing a company spokesman and a union official.

* Nyrstar NV expects its 2016 zinc metal production to be at the low end of the guidance range of 1 million tonnes to 1.1 million tonnes after losing about 30,000 tonnes of processing output during the third quarter due to a storm-related power outage in South Australia that halted all operations at the Port Pirie zinc-lead smelter, and two exceptional fires at the Balen zinc smelter in Belgium.

* Two Cuban nickel processing plants were temporarily shuttered to avoid serious damage to the operations as a powerful hurricane threatens the eastern part of the Caribbean island, Reuters reported. State-owned nickel-miner Cubaniquel owns one plant and is a joint venture partner with Sherritt International Corp. in the other facility.

* PJSC MMC Norilsk Nickel signed a five-year, US$500 million committed revolving backstop credit facility with a syndicate of international banks.

PRECIOUS METALS

* New Gold Inc. subsidiary Minera San Xavier SA de CV will continue operating the Cerro San Pedro gold project in Mexico's San Luis de Potosí state for the next three years, and will close the mine within that period. Currently, 187 workers are performing closure procedures on site, said the federal delegate of the Labor Ministry STPS, Edgar Durón Puente, daily El Sol de San Luis reported.

* Saudi Arabian Mining Co.'s 74.9%-owned unit Ma'aden Bauxite and Alumina Co. has started commercial production on its bauxite mine and alumina refinery. The alumina refinery has achieved stable operations and will ramp-up production until reaching its designed production capacity of 1.8 million tonnes of alumina per year by early 2017. At full production, the refinery will fully meet the Ma'aden smelter requirement for 1.4 million tonnes of alumina per year with the surplus production to be sold into regional and international markets.

* Among major gold miners, shares of Goldcorp Inc. fell the most, according to Bloomberg News, after the company suspended operations at its Penasquito gold-silver mine in Mexico, following an illegal blockade by a trucking contractor that began Sept. 26.

* Ariana Resources Plc expects final commissioning and first gold pour at its Kiziltepe mine within the Red Rabbit gold-silver project in western Turkey in the late fourth quarter. The commissioning process, as well as open-pit development by mining contractors, is now underway, the company said.

* After Argentine judge Pablo Oritja maintained an order suspending operations at Barrick Gold Corp.'s Veladero gold mine last week, saying the repairs were insufficient to restart the mine, the miner has been in a scramble to show officials otherwise. Andy Lloyd, Barrick's senior vice president of communications, said via email to SNL Metals & Mining that "a number of updates have been filed since judge Oritja's comments last week, demonstrating the necessary works are 100% complete." Lloyd added that it was his understanding no more site inspections "are required in order for the court to make its decision."

* South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers ended a protected strike at the Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd. platinum refinery in South Africa after both parties forged a new, two-year wage deal, Bloomberg News reported, citing the union's spokesman, Livhuwani Mammburu.

* Yamana Gold Inc. completed the sale of its Mercedes gold-silver mine in Sonora, Mexico, to Premier Gold Mines Ltd. for US$122.5 million in cash, plus shares, equity securities and net smelter return royalties worth an additional US$22 million.

* Newmont Mining Corp. completed construction of the Merian gold mine in Suriname on time and more than US$150 million below its initial development CapEx budget. On Oct. 1, the company poured first gold and declared commercial production after achieving sustained average mill throughput of 80% and gold recovery of more than 90% over the last 30 days.

* Genesis Minerals Ltd. started mining at the Ulysses West open pit, part of the company's Ulysses gold property in Western Australia. The project is expected to generate total estimated free cash flow of about A$6 million from the initial Ulysses West operation, based on a gold price of A$1,750 per ounce.

BULK COMMODITIES

* China Molybdenum Co. Ltd., which acquired Anglo American Plc's niobium and phosphate assets in Brazil for US$1.7 billion in cash, plans to keep the local business structure for now but aims at lowering costs by simplifying operations, the managing director of the new business, Marcos Stelzer, told daily Valor Econômico.

* The federal government and the authorities of Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo states in Brazil rejected the audit procedures commissioned by Samarco Mineração SA through its Renova Foundation to monitor the implementation of recovery and compensation actions in the areas impacted by the collapse of the Fundão tailings dams. The company must submit a new document by the end of the week, O Tempo reported.

* The consortium backed by Apollo Global Management LLC secured exclusivity to buy Anglo American Plc's metallurgical coal mines in Queensland, Australia, and the parties are in final-stage talks over the sale, unnamed sources told The Australian Financial Review's Street Talk. Lender sources believe a deal could be signed within the next two weeks.

* Compass Minerals International Inc. completed the purchase of all remaining interest in specialty plant nutrients company Produquímica Indústria e Comércio SA for about US$465 million.

* West Australia's Nationals leader Brendon Grylls said he will not compromise or negotiate on a proposed mining bill, which recommends a A$5-per-tonne levy on mining majors BHP Billiton Group and Rio Tinto iron ore production, ABC reported.

* Meanwhile, Rio Tinto rejected an offer to make an upfront payment of over A$1 billion in favor of scrapping a 25-Australian-cents-per-tonne production rental charge, The Australian reported.

* The U.S. federal court for the District of Delaware approved Altos Hornos de México SAB de CV's Chapter 15 filing, ratifying an order made by a Mexican court in April that enables the Mexican steelmaker to move ahead with the restructuring plan agreed with its creditors, Metal Bulletin reported.

* Moody's said the U.S. steel industry's earnings and revenues will improve as compared to the previous year, but the momentum from the first half of the year will slow down toward the end of the year and possibly into 2017. The outlook for the industry is negative, driven by the expectation that a sustained recovery is unlikely in the near-term.

* ArcelorMittal started producing flat steel bars for use in the auto industry at its plant in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Metal Bulletin reported. The company has invested over US$9 million in modifications to the rolling mill to be able to produce the bars.

* Due to insufficient interest from potential investors, Slovenia has temporarily stopped the privatization of metal products maker MLM, Reuters reported, citing state-owned Slovenian Sovereign Holding, which is coordinating the process. The sale process is now anticipated to continue next year.

SPECIALTY

* Pilbara Minerals Ltd. has decided to get an expert to intervene in its dispute with Mineral Resources Ltd. regarding the sale of lithium from its Pilgangoora mine in Western Australia to China's General Lithium Corp. The point of contention between the two ASX-listed companies is Mineral Resources' entitlement under a first-right-of-refusal clause in a Pilgangoora agreement.

INDUSTRY NEWS

* One of Australia's most successful mining entrepreneurs, Mark Creasy, has turned to South Africa in the hopes of finding the next big deposit, a move that could be the key to bolstering the country's image as an attractive mining jurisdiction.

The Daily Dose is updated as of 7 a.m. London time, and scans news sources published in Chinese, English, Indonesian, Malay, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai and Ukrainian. Some external links may require a subscription.